UK’s Upcoming joins record of garments suppliers pausing Myanmar orders

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s Subsequent on Thursday joined a growing listing of European clothes shops suspending new manufacturing orders with factories in Myanmar in the wake of February’s navy coup.

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Myanmar has been rocked by protests because the army overthrew the elected authorities of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1 citing unsubstantiated claims of fraud in a November election.

At minimum 536 civilians have been killed in protests, 141 of them on Saturday, the bloodiest day of the unrest, in accordance to the Help Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

Myanmar is known globally for its yarn, cloth and textile products and solutions, and its garment business is a important supply of employment.

“We’re not positioning any far more orders at the minute, that is a huge phase,” CEO Simon Wolfson informed Reuters.

“We really do not supply a lot of our products from Myanmar but most of the stock that we were sourcing from Myanmar…we have alternatives in place by now for that inventory in other countries.”

Wolfson explained Myanmar delivered less than 5% of Next’s full inventory.

On Wednesday, Affiliated British Food items said its Primark trend organization experienced paused orders in Myanmar, adhering to very similar moves from Sweden’s H&M, the world’s next-biggest style retailer, and Italy’s Benetton Group.

On Monday Italian apparel retailer OVS said it would keep its “limited presence” in Myanmar but would prevent its business with suppliers acting in a discriminatory way towards personnel concerned in rallies in opposition to the country’s junta.

Britain’s Marks & Spencer, which sources about 3% of its clothing from Myanmar, said it is continuing with its booked orders but is maintaining future orders under review.

Last week the United States and Britain imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s navy.

Reporting by James Davey editing by Andrew MacAskill and Jason Neely